I recently started to think that I should explore the Southern Upland Way as I live very near it. I began to run sections of it with the idea in mind that I could plan my own personal ultra (didnt Depeche Mode have a song called that:-) Maybe not! ).
I wanted to check out the route so that if I do run it, I dont get lost and to get an idea of the conditions and the terrain.
Yesterday I ran 11.5 miles from the Watch Water reservoir to Lauder, thus completing my recce from the east coast at Cockburnspath. The total distance is around 33 miles with many many feet of climb. The conditions are generally good with a lot of decent tracks, mixed in with utter bog and a tarmac section of about 3 miles from the Watch Water to Longformacus.
There is so much beautiful scenery that I'd love to do it on a clear day but that cant be guaranteed as we all know. At the moment my thinking is midsummers day, thus taking in the longestdayrun challenge.